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BEHOLD... PARSNIP!

13 February 2024

Green shoots have burst forth from Parsnip! The Australian group have a super-catchy single out today called ‘The Light’, taken from their sophisticated sophomore album ‘Behold’.

Drawing comparisons with Dolly Mixture, Sara Goes Pop and Look Blue Go Purple, Parsnip are an animated ensemble, full of life, emotional complexity and humour. On ‘Behold’ they explore both the inner and outer realms of consciousness with quick wits and some seriously quality jangle and jolt. Take a listen to ‘The Light’, a whip smart workout if there ever was one!

Upset The Rhythm will release ‘Behold’ on April 26th. There’s a limited transparent vinyl edition, available to pre-order (drum roll please)… now.

FAITH IN THE PHEROMOANS

6 February 2024

The Pheromoans roll up their trouser and consult with the master mason today as they rebound with a second single from their glorious upcoming ‘Wyrd Psearch’ album. ‘Faith in the Future’ “cautiously tugs at a thread of certain patterns, mishearings and misinterpreted gestures” according to vocalist Russell Walker.

The song is complemented here by the visual recordings of 11-year-old Hitchin resident Rowan Walker and his keen eye for transportation. ‘Wyrd Psearch’ will be released on March 1st by Upset The Rhythm and is available to pre-order now.

WYRD PSEARCH

9 January 2024

Puzzling times are upon us! Today we're unveiling The Pheromoans new album 'Wyrd Psearch', out on March 1st via Upset The Rhythm. This is lucky album number 13 for the deadpan DIY group and sees them on vigorously sceptical form. Lead single 'Downtown' is out now as a digital single, fans of Russell Walker and of panoramic Hitchin will find much to like in its accompanying video

'Wyrd Psearch' is available to pre-order now on 180g black vinyl. Remember to always check backwards on the diagonal!

UTR 20TH ANNIVERSARY

12 December 2023

Ho, ho, woah!

Tis the season for jolly merch!

Today we added to our webshop our Upset The Rhythm ‘20th anniversary’ t-shirts and risograph posters designed by the wondrous Meg Woof. Our new pin badges and stickers are up there too, joining this year’s UTR releases by Brontez Purnell, Screensaver, Me Lost Me, Vintage Crop, Water Machine, The Toads, Terry, Es and Historically F***ed. To celebrate we’re offering everyone here a festive 20% discount, just use the code UTR20 before January and get merry!

'CONFIRMED BACHELOR' RELEASED!

10 November 2023

Time to party!

Today we’re releasing a new album from supreme multi-talent Brontez Purnell! ‘Confirmed Bachelor’ is out now on crystal-clear vinyl and digitally everywhere, go check it out! These twelve songs are of the no-time-wasted variety. Fuzzed-out pop songs, hotly delivered from the heart, often sassy, sometimes sappy, always snappy! We’re talking about jagged riffs galore, bubblegum bounce and Brontez’s vocal racing to bopsome effect.

So much to celebrate! ‘Confirmed Bachelor’ is available to order now.

'DECENT SHAPES' OUT NOW!

20 October 2023

Exceedingly happy that our 158th release stormed into the world today! 'Decent Shapes' by Naarm/Melbourne synth-fogged post-punks Screensaver is a triumph of mood and function.

Pin-sharp dynamics, twisting melodies and seismic tremors of delirious urgency all jostle to stare deeper into the black mirror of now. Krystal Maynard’s dramatic / cavernous vocal is always on point and all ten songs shudder and shimmer into stark reality. Couldn't recommend anything more!

'Decent Shapes' is streaming everywhere from today + a glam gold-pressing is available on LP in all the best shops, including Upset The Rhythm's webshop too.

BACHELORS THEME

18 October 2023

Now we’re talking!

Brontez Purnell returns today with an absolute thunderclap of a single from his forthcoming album ‘Confirmed Bachelor’! ‘Bachelors Theme’ is out now digitally, accompanied by a video made by actor / sad clown / muse, Brandon Flynn. ‘Bachelors Theme’ opens the album and sets the scene perfectly with the heady rush and swoon of it all. Jagged riffs, bubblegum bounce and Brontez’s vocals effortlessly racing to dizzying effect. It’s a tour de force of bop and bravado.

'Bachelors Theme’ is taken from Brontez's cracking new record 'Confirmed Bachelor', out Nov 10th on Upset The Rhythm, available to pre-order now on crystal-clear 180g vinyl here.

SPRING IS IN THE AIR FOR VINTAGE CROP

1 September 2023

Two surprises!

Next Friday we’re releasing a Vintage Crop 7”, woah, secondly it is in praise of spring, OK it’s only just autumn here, but in the other hemisphere the birds are building nests again. Check out the ace video premiered by Raven Sings The Blues, featuring Jack Cherry in three parallel dimensions.

Vintage Crop’s ‘Springtime’ 7” will be released on September 8th by Upset The Rhythm, it's also available to pre-order now.

WA|TER MACHINE - BBC 6 MUSIC SESSION

1 September 2023

Listen again to the wondrous Water Machine live in session for Marc Riley last night.

Four amazing songs shared, plus top chat about car prangs, grannies and Pat The Dog! Enjoy!! Remember… Water Machine’s UK tour starts tonight in Manchester, check out the tour dates, London on Tuesday!

DRAINER - OUT TODAY!

23 August 2023

Here’s screensaver’s new single ‘Drainer’, a fiery anthem for those everyday frustrations that edge you into downer mode. Full video by Rebel Yell up on YouTube now in all its flickering VHS glory. ‘Drainer’ features on the band’s forthcoming album ‘Decent Shapes’, out October 20th through Upset The Rhythm and Poison City in Australia. Available to pre-order now, hup hup!

RAW LIQUID POWER NOW!

4 August 2023

Drink deep!

Water Machine’s sensational 7” EP ‘Raw Liquid Power’ surges into the world today. More whirlpool rapids than tepid puddle the Glasgow gang of four have gathered together spiky riffs, staccato singing and pounding bass / drums into four totemic anthems of art-punk weirdness that brim with irrepressible sincerity.

So much to soak up! ‘Raw Liquid Power’ is available digitally now and on transparent red vinyl from all the best shops and our webstore too.

BRONTEZ PURNELL ON UTR!

3 August 2023

Party hats on!

Today we’re announcing our new album from supreme multitalent Brontez Purnell! ‘Confirmed Bachelor’ (best album title ever award bagged) will be released on November 10th on crystal-clear vinyl and digitally. These twelve songs are of the no-time-wasted variety. Fuzzed-out pop songs, hotly delivered from the heart, often sassy, sometimes sappy, always snappy!

We’re sharing the first single from the album, a cover of a long-loved Julie Ruin song. ‘Stay Monkey’ is as lively and bopsome as it is lovelorn and restless. Enjoy the music, the cake and the rogue king of rock-n-roll, this is worth celebrating!

‘Confirmed Bachelor’ is available to pre-order now.

ANNOUNCING 'DECENT SHAPES'

28 July 2023

Behold the gold! Australian synth-punks screensaver return this October with an immense, brooding second album titled ‘Decent Shapes’. Loaded with simmering tension, ‘Decent Shapes’ finds screensaver exploring existence eeked out across an ever-growing trash heap of materialism and detachment.

Available on sardonic gold vinyl through Upset The Rhythm on October 20th. Check out first single ‘The Guilt’ now, a spirited call to arms for all who succumb.

ME LOST ME - 'RPG' RELEASED!

7 July 2023

What a privilege it has been to work with Me Lost Me on releasing her brightly alive ‘RPG’ album! Out today on Upset The Rhythm digitally, on CD and as a sky-blue or sky-pink LP, ‘RPG’ is a teeming marvel.

Casting the songwriter as role-play gamer (apologies to all rocket-propelled grenade enthusiasts out there) Me Lost Me works up her songs with folksong and electronics as the warp and weft. It’s an album populated with ancient trees, uncanny zones, mythic recollection and boundless ideas for a lore of tomorrows. Astonishing from every worldly angle, we hope you enjoy it!

‘RPG’ by Me Lost Me is available in all the best shops now, as well as our own modest web foundry here.

FEELING THE 'HEAT!'

21 June 2023

Post-Trash just premiered Me Lost Me's new single 'Heat!', what a solstice souvenir! Foreboding bass lines, chirping birds, flute trills and a powerful upbeat groove abound. 'Heat!' is out now digitally on all the usual platforms, taken from the album 'RPG' out July 7th on UTR.

THE TOADS - OUT TODAY!

9 June 2023

Absolute pleasure to release The Toads debut album today! ‘In The Wilderness’ is a gleeful clatter along the knife edge of life.

The Melbourne quartet have nailed down their sound with sardonic kicks, an expansive vision and ripping absolution from existential drift. The Toads delight in the dour, yet they still pack a punch and keep the whole record beguiling, full of twists, turns and toughing it out!

The Toads’ ‘In The Wilderness’ is out now digitally and on strikingly azure 180g vinyl courtesy of Upset The Rhythm!

WATER MACHINE 7" EP

7 June 2023

Let’s make some waves!

We’re releasing Glaswegian top tetrad Water Machine’s debut 7” this summer! Lead single ‘Water Machine Pt. II’ is released today; prickly yet playful punk, equal parts water and machine! Post-Trash kindly just premiered the gothic blitz of a video featuring a spectre stalking through woodland testing their powers of dehydration. Look out!

Water Machine’s ‘Raw Liquid Power’ EP will be released on August 4th through Upset The Rhythm on transparent red vinyl, ooooh! It is now available to pre-order now.

Go see Water Machine play live!

23/06/23 - London - Studio 9294

21/07/23 - Glasgow - The Rum Shack

01/09/23 - Manchester - Fuel

05/09/23 - London - New River Studios

07/09/23 - Brighton - Pipeline

08/09/23 - Oxford - Divine Schism

09/09/23 - Sheffield - Delicious Clam

FESTIVE TIMES

26 April 2023

Here’s another stunning glimpse into Me Lost Me’s forthcoming ‘RPG’ album! We’re sharing evocative new single ‘Festive Day’ with the world this week. Folk Radio are kindly premiering the official video too featuring the sea, embroidery and some choreographed Morris in the Cotswold tradition, get ready to caper!

SO LONG SOLD OUT!

21 April 2023

Well this is shaping up into quite the Friday! We now have Normil Hawaiians’ debut double-LP ‘More Wealth Than Money’ back in stock on white vinyl! Stone cold classic! If that was already enticing enough Es’ boisterous debut album ‘Less Of Everything’ has just been re-pressed on neon yellow vinyl too. Both in stock now from our shop and bandcamp, so long sold out!

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TARA CLERKIN TRIO

GENGHIS COHN

Monday 26 February

The 100 Club

100 Oxford St, London, W1D 1LL | Map
7.30pm | £13 | SOLD OUT

TARA CLERKIN TRIO are Pat Benjamin, Sunny Joe Paradisos and Tara Clerkin, three musicians involved in a number of cult Bristol bands over the years before confidently settling down in triangle formation. They are inspired by and borrow from jazz, trip hop, electronica, psychedelia & minimalism, twirling the non-pretentious strands of these threads together into a trippy green winged-cloak, adorning Arthur Russell and dripping in blue jam.

Their self-titled debut LP was released in 2020 and was a sleeper hit, coming in at 35 in the Wire's top 100 albums of the year and in Bleeps top 10. Their latest EP, ‘On The Turning Ground’, was released on World of Echo in November. Whilst their inspirations might be centreless, but the trio still possess a very obvious anchor in the form of their hometown. Bristol stands as a city of multitudes, heterogenous and vibrant in such a way as to allow it to renew and remake time and again. Tara Clerkin Trio drink from that same well, duly reflecting a rich musical heritage built on fwd-facing electronic subcultures and experimental urges. As such, ‘On The Turning Ground’ finds them subject to their own subtle internal evolution, the pervasive sense that you've caught them mid-bloom, on their way to becoming but never anything but themselves.

GENGHIS COHN is the alias of London-based artist Gil Shani. Previously releasing on a number of labels including Kashual Plastik, Low Company and Cafe OTO’s label. He is known for his guitar playing, and enigmatic baritone with lyrical themes varying from heartfelt serenades to devilish summonings.

THE PHEROMOANS - 'Wyrd Psearch' album launch!

APOSTILLE

DEAN RODNEY JR. & THE COWBOYS

FLEX DJs (HP Sorcery & The Plague)

Tuesday 5 March

Cafe OTO

18-22 Ashwin St, London, E8 3DL | Map
7.30pm | £10 | Buy tickets

THE PHEROMOANS were formed in Brighton in 2005 as a quartet of Alex Garran, James Hines, James Tranmer and Russell Walker, and played their first concert in at the Freebutt in Brighton in January 2006. Russell moved to London shortly after, putting the future of the band in doubt. Combinations of the above line-up along with new member Christian Butler-Zanetti. They would play sporadically in London with promoters such as Upset The Rhythm at venues such as Bardens Boudoir in Dalston. The sound was a very basic take on UK DIY bands such as Swell Maps, along with obscure garage rock bands from the 1960s as documented on retrospective compilations such as Back To The Grave. What set the band apart from their peers was a complete disregard for musical competence and rehearsing, along with the effort Russell Walker put into his lyrics. They made a CD to start selling at gigs in 2007, and gradually recorded that would make up the material up that would be included on several singles and a debut LP on the New York label Consulsive in 2011. Also in 2011 Dan Bolger stepped in to add a more electronic dimension to the band's offering. Several releases followed, with Scott Reeve replacing James Hines as drummer following a dispute. The early 2020s saw founding member of the band Alex Garran moving to Stavanger in Norway, and Christian Butler-Zanetti to Okinaya, Japan. In stepped Brighton resident Henry Holmes and work began on a forthcoming album in Lewes, recorded as usual by James Tranmer. This album is called 'Wyrd Psearch' and it is due out on March 1st through Upset The Rhythm.

APOSTILLE is a man who's torn through enough soundsystems to know the difference between gesture and meaning. Alongside running his own DIY record label Night School Records, Glasgow native Michael Kasparis has previously made forays into the realm of hardcore punk with his groups Anxiety and The Lowest Form. Throughout all this, his solo electronic venture Apostille has continued to evolve with each twist and turn of the world. What started off as a quest to whip up a mood and force that into a song has steadily become more of a mission in communication. The third Apostille album, ‘Prisoners Of Love And Hate’, was released on Night School last September.

DEAN RODNEY JR. is an artist and the lead singer of Dean Rodney Jr. & The Cowboys. In this latest project he puts on the golden suit and riffs about food, jiggling body parts and more over tight disco pop. Backed by Rosie Ridgeway, Jack Barraclough, Tom Hirst and Robyn Steward, you better watch out as there’s a new sheriff in town! Their debut album ‘The Yeehaw Moment’ is out now. Dean was also the frontman of The Fish Police, has collaborated with Ravioli Me Away and during lockdown, Dean wrote and recorded 54 albums, describing a fictional alternative version of the present day, Dean TV World.

THE UMBRELLAS

SWANSEA SOUND

AUTOCAMPER

Wednesday 13 March

OSLO

1a Amhurst Road, Hackney Central, London, E8 1LL | Map
7.30pm | £13 | Buy tickets

THE UMBRELLAS are four renegade romantics crafting irresistible indie pop hymns. The band’s self-titled 2021 debut album became a breakout moment, winning critical praise and sparking an international tour. Follow-up LP ‘Fairweather Friend’ goes a step further – absorbing the sonic attack of their live shows, it balances this with studio finesse, allowing the San Francisco four-piece to become the band they’ve always aspired to be.

It’s a record overflowing with highlights. The candyfloss melodies of introductory track ‘Three Cheers!’ are matched to an impactful percussive punch; ‘Say What You Mean’ finds The Umbrellas working with total confidence, letting the song ride out to its chiming conclusion, four voices working in precision. ‘When You Find Out’ offers rotating notes of guitar punctuated by a vocal that pushes past angst to accept a world full of hope. A lean 10 track affair, it grasps towards beatific pop while fuelled by a sense of risk, and the precision that comes from long months on the road.

Taken as a whole ‘Fairweather Friend’ is a bold indie pop triumph, crafted with purpose and attention. Taking their time over each note, the four-piece have strengthened their songwriting, adding depth and assurance while unlocking their potential. Some bonds last a lifetime – The Umbrellas are ready to capture your heart.

SWANSEA SOUND are Hue Williams (The Pooh Sticks), Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey (both Talulah Gosh/Heavenly, The Catenary Wires), Bob Collins (The Dentists, The Treasures of Mexico), Ian Button, (Death in Vegas, with Louis Philippe, Pete Astor and Papernut Cambridge). Swansea Sound’s recent album Twentieth Century was released by Skep Wax Records. On this second album of unapologetic indie pop and punk they sing about things like Pete Shelley, vinyl, online shopping and getting older.

AUTOCAMPER are a four-piece jangle pop band playing scuzzy C86-inspired music. The band’s recent demo EP came out on Discontinuous Innovation Inc (run by Nick from The Umbrellas), they’ve recently played shows with The Orchids, Lande Hekt, The Vaselines and Jeanines.

MARY LATTIMORE

LUCE MAWDSLEY

Tuesday 26 March

Scala

275 Pentonville Rd, London, N1 9NL | Map
7.30pm | £15 | Buy tickets

MARY LATTIMORE is a harpist and composer living in Los Angeles. She experiments with her Lyon and Healy Concert Grand harp and effects. Her solo debut, The Withdrawing Room, was released in 2013 on Desire Path Recordings. Lattimore also writes harp parts for songs and recordings, performing and recording with such great artists as Meg Baird, Thurston Moore, Sharon Van Etten, Jarvis Cocker, Kurt Vile, Steve Gunn, Ed Askew and Fursaxa. Her debut solo record for Ghostly International, 'At The Dam', was recorded during stops along a road trip across America and released in March 2016. The next year, she compiled sounds from her past life in Philadelphia for a cassette tape titled 'Collected Pieces'. Released in May 2018 to acclaim from the likes of NPR, Pitchfork, and The New Yorker Lattimore's next album 'Hundreds of Days' presented an expression of mystified gratitude for the natural world.

‘Goodbye, Hotel Arkada’ (Ghostly International), Lattimore’s new LP, speaks not just for its beloved namesake - a hotel in Croatia facing renovation - but for a universal loss that is shared. Six sprawling pieces shaped by change; nothing will ever be the same, and here, the artist, evolving in synthesis, celebrates and mourns the tragedy and beauty of the ephemeral, all that is lived and lost to time. Documented and edited in uncharacteristically measured sessions over the course of two years, the material remains rooted in improvisation while glistening as the most refined and robust in Lattimore’s decade-long catalog. It finds her communing with friends, contemporaries, and longtime influences, in full stride yet slowing down to nurture songs in new ways. The cast includes Lol Tolhurst (The Cure), Meg Baird, Rachel Goswell (Slowdive), Roy Montgomery, Samara Lubelski, and Walt McClements.

LUCE MAWDSLEY (they/them) is an autistic non-binary composer and guitarist based in Liverpool with a practice rooted in progressive experimentation. Drawing from a range of poetic art forms, their work uses personal experience of neurodivergence, mental health disorders and queerness as a ligature from which to generate subversive explorations of gender, sexuality, place and identity formation. 'Northwest & Nebulous' (out this March on Pure O Records) is a lush and accomplished album suffused with radiant and fluid possibilities. A world-building album pulling from folk, Americana and soundtrack influences, it fuses their romantic and exploratory energies and signals the beginning of a new journey for composer, with an open invitation for listeners to come along for the ride. Luce Mawdsley will be accompanied by fellow North Liverpool musicians Nicholas Branton and Luci Mercer for this performance.

ALSION COTTON

Friday 5 April

St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Road, King's Cross, London, NW1 1UL | Map
7.30pm | £13 | Buy tickets

ALISON COTTON is a viola player based in London working in composition and improvisation. Her debut album ’All Is Quiet at the Ancient Theatre’ was released in 2018 firstly on cassette on Bloxham Tapes, followed by a vinyl release on Cardinal Fuzz (UK) and Feeding Tube (USA). In July 2019 her longform piece, ‘Behind the Spiderweb Gates’ was released on the Australian label, Longform Editions. As well as the viola, she uses an array of other instruments (her voice, harmonium, percussion, recorder, omnichord, shruti box and piano) to create long, haunting folk drones. Cotton’s recent album ‘The Portrait You Painted of Me’, is a 6-track record – her first for Rocket Recordings. This will be followed up in March with ‘Engelchen’, an album reflecting on the intrepid Cook sisters whose efforts helped refugees escape Nazi-occupied Europe in the 1930s. It’s a celebration of the human spirit, one that reflects a universality in its narrative which transcends the boundaries of history and impacts very urgently on our daily lives. Whatever attempts may be made to tell this story, it’s hard to imagine one that resonates deeper than ‘Engelchen’.

MARTIN NEWELL (Cleaners From Venus)

Thursday 11 April

St Matthias Church

Wordsworth Road, Dalston, London, N16 8DD | Map
7.30pm | £15 | SOLD OUT

MARTIN NEWELL (Cleaners from Venus) will return this spring to London to perform some of his songs. He'll be doing two sets on a guitar and a piano - and talking. You should immediately drop anything else you were considering doing and endeavour to attend. Martin Newell is a purveyor of ingenious pop music. His music is refracted from late 60s rock only shot through with invention from the rough-and-ready explosion of DIY tape releases in 80s Britain. As a songwriter, he’s right up there with Syd Barrett and Ray Davies, capturing a peculiar Englishness that’s very much his own.

Martin started his career in music aged 19 when he joined an Essex glam-rock band called The Mighty Plod as a singer and gigged in rough clubs, pubs and colleges for the next two years. In his early twenties he joined a hard rock/prog band from Ipswich called Gypp and gigged in the UK as well as touring northern Germany several times. In 1979, he won his first record contract and shortly afterwards his first single ‘Young Jobless / Sylvie In Toytown’ was released, first on an indie label and then with Liberty Records. In the 1980s he formed the anarchic and wonderfully offbeat Cleaners From Venus, who after much defiance of music biz convention, signed to a London record company and began making proper records which were well reviewed and well-received. He began co-writing songs with Captain Sensible in 1986, a relationship which endures to some extent to this day. In 1989 he and his friend Nelson, now of New Model Army formed The Brotherhood of Lizards, were signed to make an album and proceeded to promote it, touring the record by bicycle. This led to many TV appearances and some notoriety and amusement in the media. In 1993, with XTC's Andy Partridge in the producer's chair Martin made what was to become his most successful album ‘The Greatest Living Englishman’, hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as a rock classic. Over the last ten years Martin has continued to release exhilarating albums under his own name and as Cleaners from Venus, most recently a winsome new Cleaners album called ‘K7’ was released on CD and cassette.

A highly-entertaining live act, Martin Newell performs infrequently, refusing nowadays to tour at all. He has been the subject of a highly-praised documentary film Upstairs Planet (2019) which enjoyed premieres both in London and in New York. A second documentary The Jangling Man, the director James Sharp’s intimate portrait of Newell’s life and work, premiered in London and Los Angeles in October 2022.

HOUSE Of ALL

Thursday 18 April

The Dome

2A Dartmouth Park Hill, Tufnell Park, N19 5QH | Map
7pm | £18 | Buy tickets

HOUSE Of ALL appeared earlier this year, followed by a magnificently-received debut album and two UK tours. Praise was immediate and ecstatic, in spite of controversy from former management of The Fall, who took offence at Martin Bramah's off-the-cuff description of the band as "part of The Fall family continuum". Despite this self-evident fact - Bramah was The Fall's original singer before switching to guitar, and with the other members (Peter Greenway, Paul Hanley, Steve Hanley and Si Wolstencroft) HOUSE Of ALL collectively spanned the entire length of The Fall's career. Controversy arose, resulting in a full Guardian article on the band months before the album's release - a scant three days after it was announced.

Their two brief tours were flawless; nearly every show sold out, and the latter tour was bolstered by "Bay City Pistols", a limited package that sold out in two weeks.Even before the first album was released, HOUSE Of All re-entered the studio to record their second album 'Continuum' which will be released in April by Tiny Global Productions.

SCREAM

SOULSIDE

Friday 10 May

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB | Map
7.30pm | £20 | Buy tickets

SCREAM formed in 1979. Drummer Kent Stacks, bassist Skeeter Enoch Thompson and the brothers Pete and Franz Stahl attended school together in Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia, when they began to discover the punk and new wave scene in DC and the provocative power of making music. Like most of the punk bands in DC, they were influenced by the Bad Brains, but their rock and roll sensibilities set them apart. In 1982, they went into Inner Ear Studio with Ian MacKaye and Eddie Janney to record Dischord's first full length album, Still Screaming.

Scream followed this with a second full length album, This Side Up, in 1984. The band toured throughout the US and were one of the first US hardcore bands to tour Europe and the UK. In 1987, they released Banging the Drum, which was recorded at both Southern Studios in London and Inner Ear. In 1988, No More Censorship was released on reggae label RAS records. Scream returned to Dischord to release Fumble in 1993.

Scream's newest album, DC Special, was released late last year on Dischord Records. For this record, Scream invited their extensive music community to help create a unique project that weaves the history of music in Washington DC into the story of the band. DC Special embodies the same sense of community and politics that inspired Scream from the start and is a truly special collection of new music that speaks to the present and also tells the story of DC music, Scream, and the influences that shaped them.

SOULSIDE formed in Washington, D.C. in 1985, split up in 1989, then reformed in 2014 and has continued playing and writing music since then. After releasing their debut album on Sammich/Dischord, they recorded Trigger (Dischord, 1988) and Hot Bodi-Gram (Dischord, 1989), which were combined on the Soon Come Happy CD in 1990. The band toured extensively in the US and Europe during these years, including groundbreaking shows in Poland and East Berlin shortly before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

In 2020, Soulside put out a new 7-inch, This Ship, their first release in 30 years, which was recorded in Prague. In late 2022, Dischord released a 12-song Soulside album, A Brief Moment in the Sun, which was written during the heart of the pandemic and recorded in person by J. Robbins in November 2021. Soulside toured the US and Europe in 2023 to support the new album. Soulside is: Alexis Fleisig (drums), Scott McCloud (guitar and vocals), Bobby Sullivan (vocals), and Johnny Temple (bass).

SOULSIDE

SCREAM

Saturday 11 May

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB | Map
7.30pm | £20 | Buy tickets

SOULSIDE formed in Washington, D.C. in 1985, split up in 1989, then reformed in 2014 and has continued playing and writing music since then. After releasing their debut album on Sammich/Dischord, they recorded Trigger (Dischord, 1988) and Hot Bodi-Gram (Dischord, 1989), which were combined on the Soon Come Happy CD in 1990. The band toured extensively in the US and Europe during these years, including groundbreaking shows in Poland and East Berlin shortly before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

In 2020, Soulside put out a new 7-inch, This Ship, their first release in 30 years, which was recorded in Prague. In late 2022, Dischord released a 12-song Soulside album, A Brief Moment in the Sun, which was written during the heart of the pandemic and recorded in person by J. Robbins in November 2021. Soulside toured the US and Europe in 2023 to support the new album. Soulside is: Alexis Fleisig (drums), Scott McCloud (guitar and vocals), Bobby Sullivan (vocals), and Johnny Temple (bass).

SCREAM formed in 1979. Drummer Kent Stacks, bassist Skeeter Enoch Thompson and the brothers Pete and Franz Stahl attended school together in Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia, when they began to discover the punk and new wave scene in DC and the provocative power of making music. Like most of the punk bands in DC, they were influenced by the Bad Brains, but their rock and roll sensibilities set them apart. In 1982, they went into Inner Ear Studio with Ian MacKaye and Eddie Janney to record Dischord's first full length album, Still Screaming.

Scream followed this with a second full length album, This Side Up, in 1984. The band toured throughout the US and were one of the first US hardcore bands to tour Europe and the UK. In 1987, they released Banging the Drum, which was recorded at both Southern Studios in London and Inner Ear. In 1988, No More Censorship was released on reggae label RAS records. Scream returned to Dischord to release Fumble in 1993.

Scream's newest album, DC Special, was released late last year on Dischord Records. For this record, Scream invited their extensive music community to help create a unique project that weaves the history of music in Washington DC into the story of the band. DC Special embodies the same sense of community and politics that inspired Scream from the start and is a truly special collection of new music that speaks to the present and also tells the story of DC music, Scream, and the influences that shaped them.

LANKUM

Saturday 18 May

In collaboration with Parallel Lines

Hackney Empire

291 Mare St, London E8 1EJ | Map
8pm | £25-31.50 | SOLD OUT

LANKUM have gained worldwide acclaim for their engrossing albums and captivating, often euphoric live performances. Comprising brothers Ian Lynch (uillean pipes, tin whistle, vocals), Daragh Lynch (vocals, guitar) alongside Cormac Mac Diarmada (fiddle) and Radie Peat (harmonium, accordion, vocals), Lankum channel a diverse set of influences and histories to create a beautifully rare thing: a songbook from and for the people.

The group’s recent breakthrough album ‘False Lankum’ (Rough Trade) draws on traditional folk songs, but Lankum put their own dark, distinctive mark onto each, leaning into heavy drones and sonic distortion that imparts new intensity and beauty into each track. This record sees the band cement their breakout from the folk genre, creating bold, contemporary music that may be fashioned from traditional elements but is firmly new. “We wanted to create more contrast on the record so the light parts would be almost spiritual and the dark parts would be incredibly dark, even horror inducing,” the band explain. The album’s 12 tracks, composed of 10 traditional songs and two originals, show the four-piece using a new palate to colour their sound in an increasingly experimental way, alongside longtime producer John ‘Spud’ Murphy.

Following on from their much anticipated sold out show at The Roundhouse on Dec 13th 2023, Lankum will return to London in May 2024 to play the Hackney Empire, performing ‘False Lankum’ in its entirety!

LANKUM

Sunday 19 May

In collaboration with Parallel Lines

Hackney Empire

291 Mare St, London E8 1EJ | Map
8pm | £25-31.50 | SOLD OUT

LANKUM have gained worldwide acclaim for their engrossing albums and captivating, often euphoric live performances. Comprising brothers Ian Lynch (uillean pipes, tin whistle, vocals), Daragh Lynch (vocals, guitar) alongside Cormac Mac Diarmada (fiddle) and Radie Peat (harmonium, accordion, vocals), Lankum channel a diverse set of influences and histories to create a beautifully rare thing: a songbook from and for the people.

The group’s recent breakthrough album ‘False Lankum’ (Rough Trade) draws on traditional folk songs, but Lankum put their own dark, distinctive mark onto each, leaning into heavy drones and sonic distortion that imparts new intensity and beauty into each track. This record sees the band cement their breakout from the folk genre, creating bold, contemporary music that may be fashioned from traditional elements but is firmly new. “We wanted to create more contrast on the record so the light parts would be almost spiritual and the dark parts would be incredibly dark, even horror inducing,” the band explain. The album’s 12 tracks, composed of 10 traditional songs and two originals, show the four-piece using a new palate to colour their sound in an increasingly experimental way, alongside longtime producer John ‘Spud’ Murphy.

Following on from their much anticipated sold out show at The Roundhouse on Dec 13th 2023, Lankum will return to London in May 2024 to play the Hackney Empire, performing ‘False Lankum’ in its entirety!

THE REDS, PINKS & PURPLES

Wednesday 12 June

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB | Map
7.30pm | £14 | SOLD OUT

THE REDS, PINKS & PURPLES is the post-indie project of Glenn Donaldson from San Francisco who releases songs like monthly postcards to a loyal following, amassing a huge catalogue of cathartic guitar pop – releasing 8 LPs over the last 5 years (on Tough Love, Slumberland). Donaldson’s hazy, melodic DIY pop captures a cinematic mood, with Donaldson referring to films like “Summer of ’42” and the influence of the classic 4AD catalogue of the 1990s. This style informs much of Donaldson’s prior and current ventures of course (The Ivytree, Vacant Gardens, and a dozen projects in between) but now The Reds, Pinks & Purples have taken the mantle, embracing this instinct for instrumental or dreamier modes of pop songwriting. The band debuts in the UK in June 2024 as a five-piece made-up of musicians from SF's thriving indie-pop underground.

THE REDS, PINKS & PURPLES

Thursday 13 June

The Lexington

96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, London, N1 9JB | Map
7.30pm | £14 | SOLD OUT

THE REDS, PINKS & PURPLES is the post-indie project of Glenn Donaldson from San Francisco who releases songs like monthly postcards to a loyal following, amassing a huge catalogue of cathartic guitar pop – releasing 8 LPs over the last 5 years (on Tough Love, Slumberland). Donaldson’s hazy, melodic DIY pop captures a cinematic mood, with Donaldson referring to films like “Summer of ’42” and the influence of the classic 4AD catalogue of the 1990s. This style informs much of Donaldson’s prior and current ventures of course (The Ivytree, Vacant Gardens, and a dozen projects in between) but now The Reds, Pinks & Purples have taken the mantle, embracing this instinct for instrumental or dreamier modes of pop songwriting. The band debuts in the UK in June 2024 as a five-piece made-up of musicians from SF's thriving indie-pop underground.

FUTURE ISLANDS

BAXTER DURY

JULIE BYRNE

Saturday 27 July

Crystal Palace Bowl

Crystal Palace Park, London, SE19 2BA | Map
2pm | Buy tickets

FUTURE ISLANDS have been singular and instantly identifiable, even from their start. Samuel T. Herring’s life-worn croons and cries backlit by Gerrit Welmers’ melodies and charged by the rhythms of William Cashion and Michael Lowry. Future Islands have played nearly 1,500 shows – shows that have bruised bodies, frayed vocal cords, provided escapes for audiences, and healed their messengers. New album 'People Who Aren’t There Anymore' (4AD) is a major work from a band at an inflection point: they’re discovering new ways to experience the world, because the old ways weren’t working. That freedom has led to the most fully realised, most transparently honest statement in their 17 years as a band.

LANKUM

Saturday 26 October

In collaboration with Parallel Lines

Eventim Apollo

45 Queen Caroline St, Hammersmith, London, W6 9QH | Map
7pm | Buy tickets

LANKUM have gained worldwide acclaim for their engrossing albums and captivating, often euphoric live performances. Comprising brothers Ian Lynch (uillean pipes, tin whistle, vocals), Daragh Lynch (vocals, guitar) alongside Cormac Mac Diarmada (fiddle) and Radie Peat (harmonium, accordion, vocals), Lankum channel a diverse set of influences and histories to create a beautifully rare thing: a songbook from and for the people.

This October the acclaimed Irish group will play their biggest headline show to date at the legendary Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London. This will be their only remaining UK concert in 2024 outside of summer festivals. The band have consolidated their reputation as one of Ireland’s most important voices following the release of their 4th, Mercury-nominated, album False Lankum (Rough Trade), which has garnered critical praise across the board and brought their music to legions of devoted new fans.

False Lankum is conceived as a single piece of music, comprising 12 inter-connected songs unfolding across an epic 70 minute duration. Drawing on traditional songs and primitive techniques, the band have created an immersive, psychedelic listening experience incorporating experimental overtones and rumbling drones wedded with classic songwriting, close vocal harmonies and timeless narratives. The Lankum live show has evolved into a modern day powerhouse, with the band’s acoustic instrumentation and close-harmony vocals transforming into a vast, kaleidoscopic wall of sound.

TARA CLERKIN TRIO

Saturday 16 November

EartH Theatre

11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, London, N16 8BH | Map
6.30pm-10.30pm | £16 | Buy tickets

TARA CLERKIN TRIO are Pat Benjamin, Sunny Joe Paradisos and Tara Clerkin, three musicians involved in a number of cult Bristol bands over the years before confidently settling down in triangle formation. They are inspired by and borrow from jazz, trip hop, electronica, psychedelia & minimalism, twirling the non-pretentious strands of these threads together into a trippy green winged-cloak, adorning Arthur Russell and dripping in blue jam.

Their self-titled debut LP was released in 2020 and was a sleeper hit, coming in at 35 in the Wire's top 100 albums of the year and in Bleeps top 10. Their latest EP, ‘On The Turning Ground’, was released on World of Echo in November. Whilst their inspirations might be centreless, but the trio still possess a very obvious anchor in the form of their hometown. Bristol stands as a city of multitudes, heterogenous and vibrant in such a way as to allow it to renew and remake time and again. Tara Clerkin Trio drink from that same well, duly reflecting a rich musical heritage built on fwd-facing electronic subcultures and experimental urges. As such, ‘On The Turning Ground’ finds them subject to their own subtle internal evolution, the pervasive sense that you've caught them mid-bloom, on their way to becoming but never anything but themselves.

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